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A Brimful of Asha

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Members say: Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever

About the show

Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Ravi Jain's autobiographical play about arranged marriage. More…

Soulpepper resident artist Ravi Jain shares the stage with his real-life non-actor mother, Asha, as they tell their respective sides of her attempt to arrange his marriage. Presented in association with Why Not Theatre. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

Member Reviews (86)


Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever
Avg Score

Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy fresh new comedies with an excellent script and unconventional actors. Such a treat! We couldn't stop laughing.

Don't see it if You need pomp and a big production.

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are a first generation American and know the struggles of dealing with parents from a different culture

Don't see it if You prefer a full cast and show rather than a casual conversation between a mother and son

Refreshing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like hearing amusing dialogue about getting married from a traditional Indian mother and a modern-minded son that makes you LOL!!!

Don't see it if you don't find conversations about intergenerational issues within families interesting!

Cute, Funny, Delightful, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if you want to see something semi-spontaneously performed; enjoy being a part of the show

Don't see it if you want scripted and professional only acting; don't care to learn about other cultural experiences

Also Ravi and his (real-life) mother, Asha, welcomed us to the theatre and ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Refreshing, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an endearing show about the relationship between a mother and son. The authentic camaraderie between them fills the theater.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that consist of the actors narrating a story, or if you have difficulty understanding foreign accents.

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a wonderful heartfelt show that will have you laughing all evening.

Don't see it if You aren’t lucky enough to score a ticket to this gem.

Also Not a lot of shows have a rating around “90" so I was certainly wonder... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if you want to laugh at an ethnic mother son relationship

Don't see it if Your planning on a serious play with redeeming values

Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh and have a good time. It was funny, charming and engaging throughout

Don't see it if you're not interested in a true tale of arranged marriage in India

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You have any interest in cultural clashes between mother and son. This delightful duo banters for the entire show and its really hilarious.

Don't see it if You have no heart or interest in Indian culture. Its a sweet discourse - not a play in the usual sense - and its very charming and funny. Go

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to be drawn into 'real' dramatization of a families multicultural, multigenerational story.

Don't see it if You want fancy sets, a typical story line

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You like to explore other cultures, or even just a typical mom and son relationship. If you want more reality than typical storytelling.

Don't see it if If a stand up comedy set up does not interest you.

Also I wish they did not just dwell too much to just one story of parents g... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You like the most absorbing, heart-warming, honest and passionate performances in NY today by two surprising performers, a mother and son;

Don't see it if You want shallow, boring, insignificant, predictible shows!

Also This is a must see- run,don't walk, to get tickets show! Surprising, h... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Relevant, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see

See it if You want to laugh for an hour and a half straight (with a few heartwarming moments here and there too) because of a hilarious mother/son duo

Don't see it if You dislike indian culture and possible accents

Also This show is a must-see before they leave at the end of July!! They ev... Read more Read less

Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Charming

See it if you want a light, heartwarming, true comedy that will let you forget about the stress of the outside world for a while.

Don't see it if you need more action than two people telling you a great story. If you dislike plays based on truth.

Also This felt like one of the most genuine and welcoming pieces of perform... Read more Read less

Hilarious, enchanting, well acted

See it if Delightfully engrossing. Must see if you are of a certain age, have unmarried children, any familiarity/friends or connectionto India.Or not

Don't see it if It is a light comedy, with actors hamming it up, good as they are. Dont see it if you have low tolerance for light comedy, ethnic in-jokes

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like parent-child adult relationships dealing with change

Don't see it if You don't like family relationships

Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like two person conversation between grown son and mom, Indian Canadian culture

Don't see it if You don't like to listen to two people having a fun and interesting conversation, mom and son

Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you want to feel touched and spoken to and charmed and warm and fuzzy. you want to see a spin on family drama. you like snacks.

Don't see it if you have no soul, you don't like snacks.

Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy seeing a simple but funny and heartwarming conversation about generational culture clash

Don't see it if you are looking for something with more drama and action

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Very relatable --- about cultural and generational differences

Don't see it if No excuse not to see!

Delightful, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a good laugh and are open to a completely different style of performance told from the heart with chai and samosas

Don't see it if Aren't open minded to other cultures

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy family stories, and particularly if your family's culture has a tradition of arranged marriages or if you know a bit about it.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big production - this is more like a one-man show, but in this case a man and his mom sharing a bit of family history.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You're in the mood for a thoroughly charming evening of storytelling

Don't see it if You're looking for something more substantial

Funny, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You want to see a charming story of a cultural clash between a son and his non actor mother.

Don't see it if You prefer bigger stories or big production values. It's decidedly modest in scope.

Entertaining, Funny, Deja vu, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if you enjoy stories of the nuance, complexity and struggle in life between different cultures.

Don't see it if you are looking for a classical play

Also accurately captures the struggles of South Asians growing up between E... Read more Read less

August 15th, 2017
"Asha isn't a born performer, but she is funny and ultimately has the audience in the palm of her hand...Jain is a skilled storyteller and deserves props as a writer...A couple of small cuts could be made early to get the family to India sooner without any of the setup of their relationship being...
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June 5th, 2014
for a previous production “Pioneering in its intimacy and yet unapologetically heartwarming, Ravi Jain’s play is a beguiling blend of old and new styles, which fits the material beautifully…The layers upon layers of performance that take place within any family constellation, on and off the stage, take on invigorating lif...
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January 28th, 2012
for a previous production “Asha is simply wonderful as herself: a clever, subtle woman with an impish sense of humor and a smile that lights up the whole theatre…There are very funny moments, furious arguments and—for some of us—unusual and very intimate insights into Indian culture and mores. The piece is weaker, ironica...
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September 11th, 2015
for a previous production “A warm, intimate and very funny show…Their delightful double-act strengthens as the show continues…While, at times, the pair’s delivery makes it is impossible to ignore the scripted nature of their ‘off-the-cuff’ bickering, for the most part, one is too busy laughing to care…In the end, its refu...
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